Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Psychology?

The study of psychology helps students gain a deeper understanding of the human condition. Why do people act the way they do? What is the human brain capable of? What shapes our personality? How do we learn and change throughout our life? The mission of the Department of Psychology undergraduate program is to educate students about the major research findings and theories in the field of Psychology and to train them to use an empirical approach for understanding human behavior.


    Professor Chanel Meyers presenting to a class

    Major in Psychology

    Our students receive a solid grounding in the scientific method through hands-on research opportunities. Specifically, the psychology program endeavors to provide students with:

    • Broad exposure to the basic concepts, theories, findings, and ethical issues of psychology. 
    • Education in the scientific method including hands-on research opportunities.
    • Strong critical thinking and written communication skills, including the ability to evaluate and convey the evidence for claims regarding human behavior.
    • Applied experience through internship and practicum opportunities at partnering community organizations.
     
    Psychology major Lynn Nashawi presenting a research poster

    Honors in Psychology

    Honors students obtain valuable experience in designing, carrying out, and writing up a substantial project for the senior honors thesis. Both experiences lead to stronger faculty recommendations for future training.

    Honors Requirements


    Psychology student Sophia Mauelshagen

    Conducting Lab Research

    “Since the end of my sophomore year, I've been a research assistant in the Cognitive Dynamics Lab, where I've learned a great deal about the nitty-gritty behind the scenes of data collection! In addition, I am conducting research for a psychology honors thesis in the Social Cognition Lab, which has given me an abundance of knowledge about all the stages of research. Being a part of both labs has greatly enriched my educational experience and taught me about different ways to understand the world cognitively."

    —Sophia Mauelshagen, psychology major, '23


    Lab technician examining an MRI brain scan

    Get Real-World Experience

    Gain a competitive edge within your chosen career by developing practical job skills in the field. Psychology students can apply their skills and extend their learning beyond the classroom through faculty-led research projects, practicum placements, and other hands-on learning opportunities.

    Hands-on Learning


    Psychology major Aly Weir

    Preparing for Life after College

    “My experience in the psychology department has been filled with insightful professors, numerous opportunities to grow, and helpful peers. Through being a department peer advisor, I have been able to expand my skills and learn more about the avenues of the psychology major. I am thankful that through my experience in the department, I feel ready to take on life after graduation.”

    —Aly Weir, psychology major, '23


    Psychology Clinic consultation

    What You Can Do with a Psychology Degree

    A Psychology degree provides a solid foundation in the major research findings and theories within in the field of psychology and trains you to use an empirical approach toward understanding human behavior. You'll develop a diverse skill set that prepares you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and actual jobs our alumni have landed.

    Explore Careers


    Peer advising

    Advising and Academic Support

    Our peer advisors, graduate student advisors, and faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year to help you explore experiential learning opportunities, prepare for graduate school, or pursue your career goals. Make an advising appointment or take advantage of our drop-in hours.

    Departmental Advising and Support


    Scholarships and Awards

    Psychology majors can apply for many different scholarships and awards through the UO College of Arts and Sciences, which offers both financial need and academic merit scholarships. The Department of Psychology also offers funding through the Leona Tyler Scholarship and the Alice Thompson Scholarship.

    Explore Scholarships and Awards


    Events

    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group
    Jul22
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group Jul 22
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session
    Jul22
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session Jul 22
    University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants
    Jul30
    University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants Jul 30 Oracle Park
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group
    Aug19
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group Aug 19
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session
    Aug19
    Coming to Oregon Graduate Student Group - evening session Aug 19
    UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles
    Aug25
    UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles Aug 25 Everson Royce Bar
    Graduate Employee Day of Teaching
    Sep25
    Graduate Employee Day of Teaching Sep 25 100 Willamette Hall
    The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair
    Oct16
    The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair Oct 16
    Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture
    Apr24
    Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture Apr 24 William W. Knight Law Center